Any household ways to try and get rid of a cold sore?

Hey!
I’ve had a cold all weekend, and now I’m starting to get a cold sore. It’s only small right now but I can tell it’s going to get really big, and I need it to be as small as possible because I’m at work next weekend.
Does anyone know any methods to try and speed up the healing process without any branded medicines? I don’t really have time to go to the shops and buy anything, with all the Christmas shoppers, so would love if anyone could tell me any ways to help with home items.
Thanks!

A cold sore is a version of the herpes virus. It is different from the genital herpes virus but can be transmitted to the genitals if the facial herpes comes in contact with the genitals. It is important to be careful during a cold sore outbreak. Don’t touch your lips and then touch your eyes or nose or genitals. These areas are the most prone to contracting herpes. You can also pass this virus to another person by touching the other person with the infected area.

Here are the most effective cold sore remedies.

1. Abreva. This is an over-the-counter cream that attacks the herpes virus and shortens the time of an outbreak. It is best to apply Abreva at the initial tingling sensation of a cold sore, before it appears on your lip.

2. Valtrex. This is a prescription medication usually intended for genital herpes. It is sometimes subscribed for cold sores also. Talk to your general doctor or a specialist about possible prescription treatments.

3. Limit stress. Since the herpes virus is connected to your nervous system, a primary trigger of a cold sore outbreak is stress. Change your lifestyle to limit the amount of stress in your life. Practice stress relieving exercises such as meditation or yoga. A cold sore is often referred to as a worry wart. It is a visible sign that you are under physical or mental stress. A cold sore outbreak often causes a person to feel embarrassed which causes more stress and lengthens the time of the outbreak.

4. Ice. Sudden changes in weather places stress upon your body. Cold sores often attack in early spring and late fall when temperatures can change drastically from day to day. Intense cold usually helps to counteract an attack. When you feel the initial tingling sensation of a cold sore outbreak, press a piece of ice on your lip where you have the outbreaks. Let the ice touch your bare skin while you hold the ice with a clean cloth. Practice this 3 times per day with a new cloth until the cold sores have disappeared. If you catch it early, you can often eliminate an outbreak.

5. Chapstick. Keep your lips clean and moist. Don’t allow your lips to chap or feel stress from the weather. Avoid allowing the cold sore to come in contact with saliva or water. After washing your face, towel dry the infected area thoroughly. During an outbreak, don’t apply makeup to an infected area. The chemicals in the makeup may have negative interactions with the cold sore and prolong the outbreak.

6. Sunscreen. Ultraviolet rays from the sun can trigger a herpes outbreak, even during the winter. Apply sunscreen to the areas affected by cold sores. This will help prevent possible outbreaks.

7. Keep your immune system strong. Herpes usually attacks when your immune system is the weakest. A cold sore outbreak can even be an early sign of another oncoming illness such as the flu or a cold. Eat a healthy diet and take Vitamin C. Get at least 8 hours of sleep each night.

Good luck!

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6 comments to Any household ways to try and get rid of a cold sore?

  • Kavya

    Ginger tea will help you ..
    References :

  • holdon2thememrys

    I don’t know about home but if you want it gone quick I HIGHLY recommend taking the vitamin Lysine. Your cold Sore will be gone by friday if you start taking it regularly today
    References :

  • Rod

    Honey applied to the cold sore is just as effective as prescription acyclovir, but much safer. Good Luck!
    References :
    Topical honey application vs. acyclovir for the treatment of recurrent herpes simplex lesions.
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15278008

  • Nela

    Sorry to answer this incorrectly but I hope it still helps. This product called Polysporin cold sore healing patch is amazing. My sister used it and her cold sore went away in like 3 days.
    References :

  • Jake

    There are a lot of different household remedies that you can use.

    Salt: Acts as a disinfectant but make sure to use it before the blisters pop. That would be too painful!
    Garlic: Is an immune system booster. Just chop some garlic up and put it on the cold sore. Garlic is used for tons of different viral infections.
    Ice: You can numb some of the pain by using some ice.
    Lemon Balm: This has some anti-viral properties and will promote faster healing.

    You could probably get some better results just by going to a pharmacy, dealing with the crowds and getting something like Abreva.
    References :
    http://howtogetridofsores.com/cold-sores/how-to-get-rid-of-cold-sores

  • Joe

    A cold sore is a version of the herpes virus. It is different from the genital herpes virus but can be transmitted to the genitals if the facial herpes comes in contact with the genitals. It is important to be careful during a cold sore outbreak. Don’t touch your lips and then touch your eyes or nose or genitals. These areas are the most prone to contracting herpes. You can also pass this virus to another person by touching the other person with the infected area.

    Here are the most effective cold sore remedies.

    1. Abreva. This is an over-the-counter cream that attacks the herpes virus and shortens the time of an outbreak. It is best to apply Abreva at the initial tingling sensation of a cold sore, before it appears on your lip.

    2. Valtrex. This is a prescription medication usually intended for genital herpes. It is sometimes subscribed for cold sores also. Talk to your general doctor or a specialist about possible prescription treatments.

    3. Limit stress. Since the herpes virus is connected to your nervous system, a primary trigger of a cold sore outbreak is stress. Change your lifestyle to limit the amount of stress in your life. Practice stress relieving exercises such as meditation or yoga. A cold sore is often referred to as a worry wart. It is a visible sign that you are under physical or mental stress. A cold sore outbreak often causes a person to feel embarrassed which causes more stress and lengthens the time of the outbreak.

    4. Ice. Sudden changes in weather places stress upon your body. Cold sores often attack in early spring and late fall when temperatures can change drastically from day to day. Intense cold usually helps to counteract an attack. When you feel the initial tingling sensation of a cold sore outbreak, press a piece of ice on your lip where you have the outbreaks. Let the ice touch your bare skin while you hold the ice with a clean cloth. Practice this 3 times per day with a new cloth until the cold sores have disappeared. If you catch it early, you can often eliminate an outbreak.

    5. Chapstick. Keep your lips clean and moist. Don’t allow your lips to chap or feel stress from the weather. Avoid allowing the cold sore to come in contact with saliva or water. After washing your face, towel dry the infected area thoroughly. During an outbreak, don’t apply makeup to an infected area. The chemicals in the makeup may have negative interactions with the cold sore and prolong the outbreak.

    6. Sunscreen. Ultraviolet rays from the sun can trigger a herpes outbreak, even during the winter. Apply sunscreen to the areas affected by cold sores. This will help prevent possible outbreaks.

    7. Keep your immune system strong. Herpes usually attacks when your immune system is the weakest. A cold sore outbreak can even be an early sign of another oncoming illness such as the flu or a cold. Eat a healthy diet and take Vitamin C. Get at least 8 hours of sleep each night.

    Good luck!
    References :
    http://www.getridofacoldsore.net/how-to-get-rid-of-a-cold-sore/

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